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Compounds that start with the letter "P"

Posted on Monday, June 22, 2015 by Kimberly Versaw

There are so many different compounds that can be used for wire and cable insulation and jackets.  Let’s take a look at some common compounds that can get confusing as they all start with the letter “P.”

Polyester:  Polyethylene terephthalate, which is used extensively in the production of a high-strength moisture-resistant film used as a cable core wrap.

Polyethylene:  A family of insulations derived from the polymerization of ethylene gas and characterized by outstanding electrical properties, including high IR, low dielectric constant, and low dielectric loss across the frequency spectrum.  Mechanically rugged, it resists abrasion and cold flow.

Polyolefin:  A family of thermoplastics based upon the unsaturated hydrocarbons known as olefins.  When combined with butylene or styrene polymers, they form compounds such as polyethylene and polypropylene.

Polyurethane:  A family of flexible, abrasion resistant jackets used for Xtra-Guard® 2 harsh environment cables.

Polyvinylchloride:  A general purpose family of insulations whose basic constituent is polyvinylchloride or its copolymer with vinyl acetate.  Plasticizers, stabilizers, pigments and fillers are added in lesser quantity to improve mechanical and/or electrical properties of this material.

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